Thursday, February 25, 2010

Egg Salad

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My fixation with egg salad started when I was just a little girl. My family would go on long road trips (say, to the mountains up north, or to the seaside) and my mom would prepare a variety of sandwiches for the ride. The egg salad was my favorite.

I remember savoring each small square (she would slice each sandwich into two), biting a bit at a time, chewing slowly, pausing between bites, attempting to make it last as long as possible. My mom would pack a lot, but I dared not eat too many for fear I would receive one of those stern looks she reserved for when I overstepped my food boundaries (ah, childhood food issues…let’s not traverse that dark road for O, that way madness lies!). My father however, knew no food boundaries (and still continues to be unaware of such) and would dip his hand into the sandwich bag many times on one trip. I would sit and hope that, when the proper amount of time since my last sandwich passed, and I reached for another, there would still be an egg salad left. There usually was, owing to my dad’s penchant for cheese pimiento, but it was always a dodgy moment, that second when I would rummage through those neat squares of white bread.

That little girl has since grown up, and now makes her own egg salad – which she happily consumes whenever, and in whatever quantity, she wishes. AND she does it with bacon :)

My Favorite Egg Salad
  • 6 hard boiled eggs (prepared as your preferred hardboiled egg procedure dictates – I know there is much debate on this)
  • 60 grams bacon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green/spring onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

- Chop the bacon and fry in a dry non-stick pan until crisp and golden. Drain cooked bacon on a plate lined with a paper towel (fold it into two for double thickness and extra oil-absorbency).
- While the bacon is cooking, chop the hard boiled eggs into chunks, no need to be exact, and place in a bowl.
- Add green/spring onion and dill to the bowl with the eggs. Add bacon (well drained of residual oil) and mayonnaise.
- Sprinkle with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Toss gently (Gently now…the eggs will break, there’s no avoiding this, but you don’t want to pulverize them) to mix. Taste and adjust seasoning.
- Store in a jar in the refrigerator.

This egg salad is based on the egg salads of my childhood, perked up with some fresh herbs, and tailored to suit my love for bacon. Bacon and eggs go together so well don’t you think? :) I like my eggs in not-too-small chunks and the mayonnaise to coat every piece…not too much but not too little either because, as horrible as this makes me sound, I love mayonnaise (trust me; I have tried to cure myself of this affliction to no avail). Pile onto a greens-lined slice of wheat bread…I love this with either arugula or alfalfa sprouts, but all I had was the romaine you see in the photo.

My mom doesn’t make much egg salad anymore. If we go on a long road trip together we are more likely to stop for coffee somewhere along the way (now that coffee shops abound and her daughter can drink it with her) than take along a bag of sandwiches. I think however, that the time is ripe to bring back this old tradition. We will now have a little non-coffee drinker on our trips after all. And I can make the egg salad :)

46 comments:

Manggy said...

I think homemade sandwiches are DEFINITELY better than Starbucks bleh on the road. Especially these. I'm sure the family will fall in love with it all over again :)
I used to love egg sandwiches, then not so much, then I fell in love with them again. I wonder how it happened? (Probably tasted an excellent one.) However, I still can only eat these sandwiches freshly assembled - I can't have a sandwich turning the bread cold or soggy...

MeetaK said...

i love love egg salad sandwiches - soeren has the same passion for them and we make sure to make some kind of variation once a week!!! i second mark on that - fresh is best!

♥peachkins♥ said...

you know what, those are our road trip, picnic and family outing sandwiches too!!

Michelle {Brown Eyed Baker} said...

I love a good egg salad sandwich and can't wait to try your version (with bacon, yum!).

I also love good, old-fashioned road trips. Back in September, my boyfriend and I drove 16 hours (one way) to visit his parents. On the way back they loaded us up with sandwiches for the car. It made me feel warm and cozy :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So yummy looking! Perfect with dill and mayo!

Cheers,

Rosa

Katrina said...

Would you believe I didn't like egg salad, or egg salad sandwiches, for most of my life?! In fact, I didn't love eggs on their own (meaning, not as part of a dish), and could only eat them in specific preparations, until I was almost an adult. Now, though, I LURVE eggs! And only very recently, have learned to appreciate egg salad. (Although it's still not a fave.) Especially when it's dolled up with bacon and dill, like yours is, or with parmesan, like a friend's was. Don't you love it when you change your mind about food?! :-)

Oh, and Manggy -- same here. Until I was quite grown, I couldn't eat any sandwich unless it was freshly made and still hot. So I never touched the sandwiches brought on road trips. I'd eat the brownies and chips, instead. :-D

Holly H. said...

This is exactly what I'm in the mood for - I've been looking at tea sandwiches and other cute recipes, but its egg salad on rye bread with the curst cut off is exactly what I'm in the mood for!

Fiolunka said...

Yuumyyy :) Definitely best breakfast pasta :) must be delicious.
Great recip, Best Regards from London. Filounka

Pam said...

Oh, I love egg salad but have never made it with bacon. I will now! Thanks for the recipe!

Irene said...

I LOVE egg salad! And even more, I love egg salad sandwiches on whole grain bread. Good call on adding bacon!!! Also, dill = yum. What a perfect recipe!

Trissa said...

Hi Jo! Definitely nothing more delicious that egg salad sandwich with BACON! I loved your story today, reminds me of the times our family used to go to Bagiuo every Christmas and Summer and Mom would pack us little snacks along the way.

Baking Soda said...

It can't get any better: egg salad sandwiches, with bacon, eaten out of hand, on the road!
Absolutely the best! (That said.. I now realise I've never made an egg salad sandwich for me..that is so dim and has to be corrected)

Anh said...

I still have a slight issue with hard-boiled eggs. Childhood issue, let's not go there. :)

Egg-salad sandwiches are ok though. I guess I am just weird when it comes to eggs.

Skip to Malou said...

This is very timely... i mean since it's the lenten season, egg salad sandwich is a good baon sandwich for Fridays!

domesticgoddess said...

An all time favorite. Must make my egg salad with bacon. Don't know why I have never thought of doing that before!

sweet_tooth said...

I love love love egg sandwiches! This looks like a winner. Haven't tried it with bacon, dont care for bacon that much but willing to give it a try.

I'm craving for a sandwich now looking at that photo *drool*

ChichaJo said...

Hi Manggy! Homemade sandwiches the best, I agree! I always tell my hubby “the best sandwiches are the ones you make yourself” :) Cold and soggy sandwiches are definitely a downer!

Hi Meeta! Fresh is definitely best :) Glad to know there’s a couple of egg salad fans out there across the ocean!

Hi Peachkins! Hehe! Great minds think alike! ;)

Hi Michelle! Becon and eggs – what could be more perfect right? :) 16 hours??? Ok, I have not gone that long…I can relate to the warm and cozy though :)

Thanks Rosa! Love the fresh dill!

Hi Katrina! Yes, I love it when you change your mind about food --- definitive uni (sea urchin) moments come to mind! Also olives (something I didn’t like when I was a kid and now I love)! It’s just as wonderful and as much an “aha!” moment as when you change your mind about boys…heeheehee ;) We didn’t have brownies! Nor chips! Hmmm…

Hi Holly H! Turning this into a little tea sandwich would be lovely!

Hi Fiolunka! Thanks for stopping by :) Um…but this isn’t a breakfast pasta…but thanks nonetheless! :)

Hi Pam! Try it…love it with bacon! It adds a great smoky/saltiness to it :)

Hi Irene! Yay! More egg salad lovers :) Yes, I think bacon and dill here are splendid!

Hi Trissa! Baguio is also one of the places we would go to! Every new year’s when I was younger…our whole family would celebrate there :)

Hi Baking Soda! Hope you like it!

Hi Anh! Hehe…I am familiar with childhood food issues! I love eggs…I think I’m weird when it comes to mince!

Hi Malou! Hmmm…true! Didn’t even realize that!

Hi Alicia! It’s so classic isn’t it? Try it with the bacon…nice spots of salt and crunch :)

Hi Sweet Tooth! Thanks! Don’t care for bacon?? Lucky you…it is my weakness and not exactly health food!

Marvin said...

I was the opposite when I was a kid, I hated my mother's egg salad sandwiches--I remember them being very bland. But now, I find that my wife makes the best egg salad sandwich and I love it whenever she makes them. She actually adds a bit of lemon juice to the egg salad, it might sound weird, but it's so good! I'll have to try and see if she'll put some bacon in it next time.

Caroline said...

egg salad sandwiches are great & even better with bacon. Why didn't I think of that? ;)

Ling said...

What a lovely food memory! There's always eggs, bacon and mayo in my fridge. My fave low-carb snack is egg mayo with a hit of green onion - and I eat it very slowly, savouring every little bit. I have a struggling dill plant, must coax it to hang on so I can snip some for the next round of egg mayo!

Have you tried it with bits of smoked salmon or chopped olives? nomnomnom.... :D

Junglefrog said...

I love a good home made egg salad! And this looks definitely so good!

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Oh, I love, love, love mayonnaise. There's no need to cure oneself of that! ;)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Marvin! See, egg salad can be great! :) Try the bacon…yumyum I promise :)

Hi Caroline! Hope you do try it! They truly are :)

Hi Ling! Oh hope your dill plant hangs on for this…love the flavor it gives to egg salad :) Smoked salmon and chopped olives sound fantastic for an egg salad…must try that next time!

Hi Junglefrog! Thanks! Homemade definitely beats anything from a store :)

Hi TS! Haha! Glad to see I’m in good company ;)

Divina Pe said...

I used to hate egg salad and even egg sandwiches but I love them now. And I agree with Mark, homemade sandwiches are better than Starbucks which costs a fortune.

Anne said...

I love eggs on my sandwich but not so much with mayonaise. Lately I've this liking for egg sandwiches for lunch eversince I tasted Japanese mayonaise. Thank you for the recipe, at least I have other variation :-)

Midge said...

Homemade sandwiches bring back memories of school parties, baon, and family outings. And, yes: my mom made both cheese-pimento and egg salad! Good memories...

With a mom like you and a grandmother like your mom, I wouldn't be surprised if Little C becomes quite a foodie herself!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Divina! Nice to see you changed your mind about egg salad sandwiches :)

Hi Anne! Japanese mayo is great as well…we also have a bottle in our fridge!

Hi Midge! Aren’t those two just classic baon memories? :) I definitely am looking forward to introducing little C to the wonderful world of food when she is old enough :)

katiez said...

Badon in the Egg Salad? Why didn't I think of that! That was always my favorite as a child, too. I couldn't stand the Peanut-butter and jelly most kids like!

Socky said...

I am making this TODAY. Poch and I shopped for groceries yesterday and made sure eggs, dill, green onions were in the list, per your recipe - but no bacon :-(

Suzana said...

I adore egg salad sandwiches! It looks like little C. will love them too once she tastes a bite of that yumminess. :)

Now re: bacon. Well... it can't go wrong can it?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Katiez! Although I do like peanut butter and jelly (but with local guava jelly not grape jelly as is popular elsewhere), I always favored savory sandwiches like this :) The bacon rocks it!

Hi Socky! Hope you guys like it! :)

Hi Suzana! You certainly can’t go wrong with bacon! ;) I can’t wait til Little C can eat actual FOOD :)

ArchaeologyAnna said...

I don't know how I have made it my whole life without trying egg salad but I have. I have only recently begun to like hardboiled eggs and I will definitely have to try this recipe. I especially love dill! I recently found your blog and I really enjoy your recipes!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anna! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment :) Hope you like this egg salad!

psychosomaticaddictinsane said...

ooooh comfort food! :)

ChichaJo said...

Hello psychosomaticaddictinsane! Indeed :)

Gary said...

I just made this! Perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon and sooooo good. You would think that egg salad would be hard to screw up but I have made it so mediocre so many times in the past. This sandwich was a pleasure. I just linked to you from my site. Thanks aggain!

Jammy said...

edna and i were craving for egg salad sandwich the other day and this is just perfect - especially with the bacon! this is also one of my favorite childhood snacks with pan de sal and Zesto! i agree totally about mayonnaise. it's heaven on every bite!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jam! This is so easy to make…and then you guys can just keep it in your fridge for anytime snacking…even midnight snacking!

Jammy said...

i have made batch 3 of this yesterday and added more bacon (ooops!) this is addiction and i love it! :) planning to serve it w/ fita crackers tomorrow to some friends who are coming over! thanks a lot for this! happy weekend! :)

ChichaJo said...

Glad to here that you like it Jam! Hope you are having a good weekend :)

Patsyk said...

I love a good egg salad sandwich, and yours sounds especially delicious with the addition of bacon! yum!

ChichaJo said...

Hi PatsyK! It's such a classic isn't it? :)

allthatsheis said...

I so wanna try this! Every recipe you put up here is so mouth-watering that I found this easy and yummy recipe with bacon and eggs that it motivates me to try it! I gotta bring my brother with me for grocery of the ingredients.

ChichaJo said...

Hello Allthatsheis! Thanks for visiting and hope you like the egg salad! :)

Cat said...

Looks delicious! Can't wait to try your version. I also like putting a dash of paprika in my egg salad. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Cat! Thanks for stopping by :) A dash of paprika sounds great (owing also to the fact that I love paprika)...will try that next time!